How can I help my baby with teething

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How can I help my baby with teething

This article was written after I provided advice to a Mum that wrote to Mamas Uncut for help on the topic of teething. To view the article, click here.

Teething can be a difficult time for both baby and parents, particularly when the baby is only a few months old.  Fortunately, there are many remedies that you can use to ease your baby’s discomfort, some of which may seem a little unorthodox, but they can help.  If your baby gets a teething rash, gently wipe their face and dry it straight away to prevent any chapping.

Whatever method you use to alleviate any discomfort, you should stay close to your baby in case they choke.

Frozen teat/teething ring/pacifier

Fill your baby’s bottle with a little cooled down boiled water, place the bottle in a bag so that the teat is covered and place it in the freezer upside down.  When you take it out of the freezer, pour cooled down boiled water on it so that it doesn’t stick to the baby’s mouth.  Gently rub the frozen part on your baby’s gums.  If your baby has a pacifier or teething ring, you could freeze those too, apply the method above and rub the frozen part on your baby’s gums.

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This ice bite teether helps relieve pain during the eruption of new teeth.  It has multiple teething surfaces, stays cool for longer and is refrigerator safe.

Use Your Finger

Wash your hands and fingernails thoroughly and use your index finger to gently massage your baby’s gums whilst holding them in their favourite comfortable position.  This will give your baby the comfort it needs and the gum massage will ease their distress.

Give your baby a bath

It will help to relax and provide a distraction from their discomfort.

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The Shnuggle Bath makes baby bath times easier and safer. The beautiful design with smooth curves and flowing roll top is perfectly shaped for your baby from birth (Stage 1) right up to 12 months (Stage 2).  The bathtub features an integrated Bum Bump which helps to support your baby while they recline in the early months, giving you both hands-free to wash and play with baby. When baby starts to sit forward (stage 2), the Bum Bump gives support and confidence making bath time more The large foam backrest is soft and warm to touch, making bath time more comfortable and when used with bathwater at the ideal temperature of 37°c, your baby can enjoy a long bath without getting cold. The size makes it ideal to use in the bath, shower, kitchen sink or on the floor and as it is lightweight to easily carry when filled with water. There are non-slip rubber feet on the base for safety and the bath is fully compliant with all applicable safety regulations. Designed in the UK and winner of the International Red Dot Design Award.

Use a teething gel

Some teething gels contain a mild local anaesthetic and are usually available in local pharmacies.  Whatever you choose, you should check with your pharmacist or GP before giving a baby this type of remedy to ensure that it is specially designed for your baby’s age group.

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This bio-adhesive gel by Ashton & Parsons rapidly builds an invisible film which helps to protect from discomfort and pain associated with teething.  The soft applicator gently massages gums, so no need to use fingers.  Contains soothing aloe Vera.  The product is Lactose, sugar, alcohol and local anaesthetic free.  Suitable for infants aged 3 months and above.   Always read the label before using and check with your GP before use.

Use a teething powder

Some teething powders contain natural ingredients or a mild local anaesthetic and are usually available in local pharmacies.  Whatever you choose, you should check with your pharmacist or GP before giving a baby this type of remedy to ensure that it is specially designed for your baby’s age group.

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This powder worked every time when I used it to ease my daughter’s pain, it literally worked like magic!  The powders are a gentle, natural remedy, used for the pain and symptoms associated with teething.  Used for over 150 years and trusted by generations of parents, the powder contains a mixture of Matricaria, which is extracted from German chamomile flower heads.  For babies 3-6 months, use half a sachet in the morning and half a sachet in the evening.  Simply pour dry powder on your baby’s tongue.  For babies over 6 months, pour dry sachet contents onto baby’s tongue in the morning and once in the evening.  If the child is very restless, the dose may be repeated every 1, 2 or 3 hours if necessary until improvement occurs. The maximum dose is 6 doses in 24 hours.  Always read the label before using and check with your GP before use.

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